The growing number of accidents on the Mumbai-Pune expressway has pushed the government to introduce more safety measures on the 91-km highway. Soon, breath analysers, speed guns and intelligence cameras will be installed to make the expressway safer.
Additionally, a three-member committee consisting of a traffic police official, an official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and a transport department official has been constituted to put together a study on the existing safety measures, and work out ways to improve security provisions on the highway.
“Most accidents occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle after drinking, falling asleep or not following traffic rules. We need to take stringent measures. Most of these accidents can be avoided,” said minister of state for home Satej Patil who called for a meeting on expressway security on Thursday afternoon.
Last week, 27 people were killed on the expressway after a truck crashed into stationary tempos, which were undergoing repairs. Since 2009, more than 370 have died, and 697 have been injured, in 1,457 road mishaps on the expressway.
Patil has asked the toll contractor IRB to provide for 15 breath analysers so that checks can be carried out between 1am and 5am, the period most prone to accidents.
Speed guns and intelligence cameras will also track vehicles, to ensure those speeding or breaking traffic rules face action from police authorities.
There will be announcements against speeding at the toll nakas, and digital banners and screens will also admonish drivers to drive safely.
Satej Patil has also written to actor Amitabh Bachchan thanking him for taking an interest in the issue. The actor had expressed interest in promoting the issue of road safety on micro-blogging website Twitter. “We will be approaching him to take this issue ahead,” Patil said.